February is heating up. No really, it is. It was about 70 degrees today in Sacramento. But you probably know what I mean–I’m having the time of my life chatting with really interesting, great musicians, and on this episode of the big Saturday THING, I had the chance to talk with two of them: Danielle de Picciotto, and Farrington.
Danielle de Picciotto was on my show about a year ago, over on Twirl Radio, with her husband, Alexander Hacke, talking about their joint project, hackedepicciotto. This time around, we focused on her solo work, in the form of a new album, “The Element of Love”. Appropriately, it was released on Valentine’s Day, February 14th.
When I’d last spoken to her, she and Alexander were about to embark on a year-long musical tour. She’s an American expatriate who’s lived in Berlin since the 1980s (that timeframe becomes important in a moment), and is seemingly always on tour.
Then quarantining hit last year, and all her travel plans got canceled. So she hunkered down in the studio, and composed all the music and words for the album, and recorded it all. It’s a combination of beautiful soundscapes and thought-provoking spoken word pieces. Very topical, realistic, yet hopeful. It all comes together nicely.
Another project she’s got going is a graphic novel. Yes, as a matter of fact, Danielle can do everything. This graphic novel, “The Cheerful Art of Rebellion”, is her own take on her front seat to history–the fall of the Berlin Wall, which she literally observed outside her apartment window, in real time. It covers the feelings of creativity and liberation in Berlin before, during, and after the wall’s dismantling. It’s a fascinating perspective, and she’s currently working on translating it from German into English.
For more information on all of these cool projects: https://www.danielledepicciotto.com/
Farrington is an L.A. rocker, based in Long Beach, who’s been tearing up our Woody Radio airwaves of late. Music from his amazing new album, “Saturday in Nowhereland”, has been played on a lot of our shows at Woody Radio. So why is that?
I’ll be the first to answer–because it’s just that good! Pulling from 1970s and 1990s hard rock, glam, and alternative rock influences, it’s a powerful, upbeat, rock and roll force to be reckoned with. Just take one listen to Anatomic, my personal favorite on the album, and you’ll realize that if this were 1991, it would be in heavy rotation on MTV.
The whole album starts out rocking, and never lets up. Farrington is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, playing bass, guitar, drums, and keyboards And he’s a really good lead vocalist as well. But this is by no means a solo record. His list of credits is a who’s-who of L.A. alternative and power-pop luminaries. (I’m gonna be mean, and not tell you who’s all on the record; Farrington reveals it in our chat.)
He’s had a long career in music, having played in several bands and projects. But it’s really come together nicely with the Farrington albums. Saturday in Nowhereland, with its memorable melodies and fiery performances, is one you need to hear. More info at http://farringtonmusic.com/
Artist | Title | Album
Sex 66 | Passion | Grew Up Down
The Shindig Addicts | Not Long Now | Single release
Lannie Flowers | He’s Got Himself | Home
Migrant Pickers | Rossetti | Beat This Town
The Larry Kelly Five | Hotel Man | LK5
Rogers & Butler | Noel Coward | Poets & Sinners
Olivia Mancini & The Mates | Get Real Low | You Can See The Mountains From Here
R.E.M. | Fall on Me | Lifes Rich Pageant
Danielle de Picciotto interview
Danielle de Picciotto | The Element Of Love | The Element Of Love
Danielle de Picciotto | Beautiful Creatures | The Element Of Love
Jet Electro | For Sale By Owner | Jet Electro
Porno For Pyros | Pets | Porno For Pyros
Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar
Jonemery | If You Think You’re Heartbroken Now | Wrecked
Ultra Vivid Scene | Candida | Rev
Tamar Berk | better off meditating | the restless dreams of youth
Anton Barbeau | Losing You Makes Crucifixion Easy | Empire of Potential
The Brothers Steve | She | #1
R. Stevie Moore and Jason Falkner | I Hate People | Make It Be
Charlie Cheney | She’s Made For Sunshine | Giant Chicken
Jody Porter | Girl From The Other Side | Waterways
Rachel Taylor Brown | Mt. Athos | Falimy
Farrington | Anatomic | Saturday In Nowhereland
Farrington | What Would Your Friends Say | Saturday In Nowhereland
Farrington | Emily Lovelight | Saturday In Nowhereland
Farrington | The Loner | Saturday In Nowhereland
Glen Campbell | Wichita Lineman | The Very Best Of Glen Campbell
Gretchen’s Wheel | heat death | such open sky
Don Hawkins | What To Where | Observation Blind
Marshall Holland | Our Fate | Paper Airplane
Sunshine Boys | There Goes Another One | Blue Music
Rockpile | When I Write The Book | Seconds Of Pleasure
The Bookends | Face The Facts | Calliope
Rich McCulley | Far From My Angel | Far From My Angel
Natalie Cortez & the Ultra Violets | Take You Home | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Dolph Chaney | I Wanted You | This Is Dolph Chaney
Molly Grue | O Dymphna! (Stepped Over) | The happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story
Los Lobos | Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes | By The Light Of The Moon
mylittlebrother | Responsibility | Howl
Brad Brooks | Angel Of Angles | God Save The City
Felsen | Self Medicate | Accidental Drowning
Corey Ledet Zydeco | It’s Gonna Be Alright | Corey Ledet Zydeco
Fire Town | The Good Life | The Good Life